Cutting and Fitting the Glass

With the exact knife, the a single leaf is cut out of the full scale pattern.

The leaf is then traced on the glass.

Careful attention is paid to the "grain" of the glass. In this case, the grain runs the length of the leaf. In a multi-colored glass like this one, the choice of color site is essential.

The basic cuts are made in the glass and the leaf emerges.

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For complex and small curves, a grinder defines and smoothes the edges of the leaf.

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The smoothed leaf must fit within the lead came of the adjoining pieces.

And if the leaf does not fit flush with the adjoining pieces, it's back to the grinder for a more precise edge.

The process of cutting, grinding, and fitting the glass pieces to fit calls for precision and patience. There are

over one hundred and twenty pieces in this window.